TLN Top Twenty Leafs Prospects: #12 Fabrice Herzog

Justin Fisher
September 02 2014 09:15AM

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It’s curious that Fabrice Herzog, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ fifth round pick in 2013, would return to Switzerland after just one season in North America.

Selected by the Quebec Remparts in the 2013 CHL Import Draft, Herzog crossed the pond after developing in the Pikes Oberthurgau youth system and with EV Zug’s U20 squad. In 61 games with the Remparts, Herzog buried 32 goals and tallied 58 points, good for fourth in team scoring. 

One of his country’s top youngsters, Herzog also suited up for Team Switzerland at the 2014 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Malmo, Sweden. In five games, Herzog lead his team with three goals. 

Despite his success, and despite the Remparts set to host the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup, Herzog chose to return home on a one-year contract with EV Zug’s men’s team. It’s not a huge surprise to see a young player prefer to play at home (and for a professional hockey team, which will pay him professional hockey money), but it’s not often you see one return so soon.

With Quebec, Herzog would have been a been a key contributor on a powerhouse team. In Switzerland, he will be the youngest player on the roster, battling for ice time against much older teammates (such as  Robbie Earl, who can mentor him in the art of flaming out as a Leafs prospect).

Herzog has, in fact, already suited up for EV Zug. Besides playing in 20 games with the men’s team two years ago before jumping to Quebec, Herzog is currently taking part in the Champions Hockey League tournament, tallying one assist in two games so far. 
Herzog will play on Thursday this week when EV Zug plays host to ERC Ingolstadt (DEL), and again against the Viktovice Steel (Czech Extraliga) on Saturday. 

Herzog was one of the biggest movers in this year’s Top Twenty Prospects countdown, moving up six spots since last season’s midterm rankings. Three of our nine writers even ranked Herzog in their top ten, while one didn’t rank him at all. There’s no doubt that his goal-scoring ability and offensive output, even for a 19-year old in the QMJHL, impressed us. Maybe it's simply that the Leafs do not have many players like Herzog in their prospect pool.

However, gaining experience and further developing his skill set will be of monumental importance to Herzog going forward. If he can’t produce offensively and establish himself amongst Switzerland’s top players, I wouldn’t be surprised if Herzog falls right out of our Top Twenty by next offseason.

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#1 WesternDP
September 02 2014, 04:22PM
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Nice article, what I didn't realize was that Fabrice is the nephew of former major league baseball manager Whitey Herzog.

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#2 OiledStatGuy
September 02 2014, 04:30PM
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My guess why he returned home to Switzerland has something to do with the low quality cheese and poutine they now have in Quebec. Well, if he never pans out, can we call him a "Swiss Miss"??

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#3 WesternDP
September 02 2014, 05:14PM
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WesternDP wrote:

Nice article, what I didn't realize was that Fabrice is the nephew of former major league baseball manager Whitey Herzog.

Fake!

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#4 Steve Dangle
September 02 2014, 05:24PM
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Guys I'm super bored with this fake comment stuff. Can we figure this out please?

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#5 WesternDP
September 02 2014, 05:37PM
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I live in Western Canada but follow the Leafs very closely, hence the name WesternDP.

Feel free to delete any comment from a Toronto IP. It's a fake.

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#6 Gumby
September 02 2014, 06:19PM
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@Steve Dangle

Can you not mod? I'm sure we are all tired of it.

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#7 Steve Dangle
September 02 2014, 07:06PM
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WesternDP wrote:

I live in Western Canada but follow the Leafs very closely, hence the name WesternDP.

Feel free to delete any comment from a Toronto IP. It's a fake.

I'll look into it

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#8 WesternDP
September 02 2014, 07:14PM
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Steve, It shouldn't bee that difficult to identify the Real IP address from the trolls. We use less numbers out West, as compared to those in the East. Thanks.

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#9 Truth Observer
September 02 2014, 09:11PM
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Just make it so you need an account to comment.

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#10 WesternDP
September 02 2014, 09:27PM
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WesternDP wrote:

Steve, It shouldn't bee that difficult to identify the Real IP address from the trolls. We use less numbers out West, as compared to those in the East. Thanks.

Another fake...something else to consider is legal action.

Many people don't know this but online “Identity fraud”, the act of fraudulently personating another person with the intent to gain advantage or to cause disadvantage to someone else, is already listed as an offence in section 403 of the Criminal Code

Police have laid charges before. Kids have impersonated their teachers with fake facebook accounts etc.

Perhaps you have a reason to lay complaints and get the names and home address of these IP numbers?

I think you could argue that these people are causing damage to your business model. They are interfering in the healthy discourse that generates site visits and advertising revenue. I have seen people comment that this is a reason that they don't post or visit this site as much.

Perhaps the thought of a police car showing up to the door and seizing computers as evidence is enough to make these people back off.

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#11 Truth Observer
September 02 2014, 10:02PM
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@WesternDP

This must be a troll post. There's a difference between impersonating an actual real life person (you know...an identity) and impersonating "WesternDP" a username on a hockey blog...lol

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#12 Jeremy Ian
September 03 2014, 07:50AM
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@Truth Observer

I actually stopped posting because people were faking my ID as well. The more one posts, the more trollers assume the ID. It just undermines the whole process. No doubt, someone will now appropriate Jeremy Ian....

For the record, I could normally tell the fake and real WesternDP apart because the real one had smart things to add to the conversation.

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#13 Truth Observer
September 03 2014, 08:52AM
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@Jeremy Ian

I'm not defending the impersonators, but WesternDP's post was ridiculous.

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#14 Jon
September 03 2014, 10:00AM
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Truth Observer wrote:

Just make it so you need an account to comment.

^ This. This seems like a doable solution, plus it gives more people an incentive to join the site and maybe become regular visitors/commenters. Making it so the guest commenters all had a default name, such as 'guest', would also be convenient, but I'm unsure on how difficult this would be to implement.

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#15 Jon
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Jon wrote:

^ This. This seems like a doable solution, plus it gives more people an incentive to join the site and maybe become regular visitors/commenters. Making it so the guest commenters all had a default name, such as 'guest', would also be convenient, but I'm unsure on how difficult this would be to implement.

Not me again!!

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